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Analysis | Top five contenders for the NCAA women’s basketball tournament

Connecticut also meets the criteria for ranking as a top team on both ends of the court. Although the Huskies have failed to win any of their marquee matchups this season, including an 18-point road loss to South Carolina last month, the numbers indicate they are once again one of the top teams entering the tournament.

Five players suffered season-ending injuries, leaving U-Conn. with a short rotation. While last season’s shorthanded team became the first Huskies team to fail to reach the Final Four since 2007, this group has a healthy Paige Bueckers who could be a difference maker. The last time we saw Bueckers in March Madness in 2022, she hung 27 points on NC State in a double-overtime thriller to take the Huskies to the Final Four. Bueckers carried this team to the national title game, while just returning from a knee injury in late February.

Bueckers is joined by forward Aaliyah Edwards, who averaged 20 points per game in February. Although the two failed to hit full throttle simultaneously in U-Conn.’s early season games, they have been in sync of late and Connecticut is now playing its best basketball of the season.

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